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1/19/05-Anderson County

NASA Balloon Facility Makes Record Setting Flight A Reality

A huge balloon at the edge of space has set a world record. And it comes from right here in East Texas.

The 6,000 pound balloon for the Cosmic Ray Energetics And Mass (CREAM) experiment was supplied by NASA's National Scientific Balloon Facility. That facility is located near Palestine.

On Monday, it set the world record for the longest balloon flight ever to carry a significant science payload. The balloon has been up near the edge of space for 36 days measuring energy from exploding stars. It was launched from Antarctica on December 16th.

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